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So, breakthrough. I wasn’t really sure how to interpret this– I’m not feeling like I’m at a stagnant point in my life, I don’t really feel like I need a breakthrough. Nonetheless, I asked what would bring me one.
The Hanged Man has a couple of interesting interpretations. The primary one revolves around hanging as a form of sensory deprivation– it’s obvious from depictions of the man that he is hanging of his own volition. He is suspended by one ankle, but the rest of his limbs are free. His face does not wear an expression of distress. The Hanged Man is generally taken to represent restriction, suspension, letting go, or self-sacrifice. He is suspended in surrender. Could this mean I’ll achieve a breakthrough by embracing the restrictions imposed on me? Is there something I need to let go of to grow as a person? Should I abandon my desire for control over some aspects of my life, and submit to the will of the universe?
When talking to someone at Wickerman, we ended up on the subject of tarot interpretations and The Hanged Man. I was told that one bit of historical trivia that often goes overlooked is that hanging by one leg was a form of punishment for oath- or contract-breaking– not lethal, but visible and humiliating. I haven’t been able to find historical sources to back this interpretation up, but it’s a piece of trivia that might help someone shed some light on a reading that doesn’t seem to make sense otherwise, you know?
I’m going to have to think on this for a bit.